Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Spring Valley man, 22, gets jail for false rape report

A village man was sentenced on Wednesday to 60 days in the Rockland County jail after being found guilty of reporting a false rape to police.

Jose Reynoso Guzman, who also goes by the name “Samantha,” was convicted of second-degree obstructing governmental administration and making a punishable false written statement, both misdemeanors, in a bench trial before Village Justice David Fried, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said.

About 2 a.m. Oct. 11, Guzman, 22, solicited a man for sex in Spring Valley, Zugibe said. After a fee dispute turned physical, Guzman contacted Spring Valley police and told investigators that he had been raped by the man.

Zugibe said Guzman’s inconsistent statements to police along with a lack of physical evidence of rape led investigators to conclude that no such assault occurred. Guzman later admitted to concocting the story, Zugibe said.

Guzman, who will receive credit for prison time already served, was ordered to serve three years’ probation following his release.